Why I Teach: Prom

Part of my Why I Teach series. I taught at Chicago’s Harper High School for 6 years. While I was there, only 6% of my students were reading at grade level and the school was consecutively listed as one of the bottom 3 high schools within the 60 or so high schools that were a […]

Lights! Camera! Action! Intermission!

For the past number of years, Chicago Public Schools has collaborated with Google to present a summer tech bootcamp called Googlepalooza (named after the big summer concert festival that is now housed in Chicago, Lollapalooza) where teachers are able to attend a variety of sessions to learn various tech skills and tricks to help prepare […]

Grab Your Popcorn!

  During this pandemic, I’ve definitely watched more movies–and really engaging series–at home than read books. So many options with cable/DirectTV, Hulu, Amazon, and Netflix, helping many of us cope. I love movies and movies are very intertwined with all my memories. Of growing up in the ’70s and ’80s, of college and of Peace […]

Finding My Safety Net

I attended Northern Michigan University, located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, for my undergraduate studies. It is a beautiful, yet isolated, place, within walking distance of Lake Superior, and because of its isolation, there was always a concerted effort while I attended to have a very strong student affairs program with lots of concerts, performances, movies, […]